Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, during his weekly interview on The Big Show, said that while he did not see or hear Randy Moss' 16-minute interview following New England's 38-24 victory on Sunday, he did not have any reaction to the wide receiver's suggestion that he was not appreciated by the Patriots. Belichick insisted that Moss has not been a distraction during this time in New England, and that he remains a valued member of the team both on and off the field.

 

The Patriots have just announced that linebacker Marques Murrell has been released to make room on the roster for offensive lineman Quinn Ojinnaka. Here's the full text of the statement from the team:

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The New England Patriots announced today that LB Marques Murrell has been released.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft made a surprise appearance on the Dale & Holley show Monday morning to address recent reports about the team's contract dispute with holdout offensive lineman Logan Mankins. Referring to Adam Schefter's story that implied a deal fell apart when the Patriots demanded a public apology from Mankins for accusing team executives of lying, Kraft called the report a "bold-faced fib" and repeatedly stated, "We have never had a deal with Logan Mankins."

 

Tom Brady made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning, one day after he opened the season by completing 25-of-35 passes for 258 yards and three touchdowns in a 38-24 victory over the Bengals.

 

During his Monday morning appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady talked at length about Thursday's car accident in which he collided with a minivan in Boston.

 

CBS Sports NFL analyst Boomer Esiason checked in with the Dennis & Callahan show Monday morning to talk about the Patriots' victory over the Bengals in Sunday's opener. Esiason said the game marked a turning point for Tom Brady. "Watching the game yesterday, Tom Brady is fully, 100 percent recovered. His knee is no longer bothering him whatsoever," Esiason said. "I thought his decisions, not only were they good, they were quick. He was accurate, the ball was coming our great. And how about Wes Welker? To me, that's got to be the story of the year so far.

Wes Welker and Dan Connolly celebrate a Patriot' touchdown on Sunday against the Bengals. (AP)FOXBORO — Wes Welker was not going to give up the football.



I've always been in the Randy Moss camp ever since he joined the Patriots in 2007. I think the idea that he doesn't play each and every snap with the intensity of a wronged character in a Dumas novel is way, way overblown.



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FOXBORO -- Bengals wide receiver Chad Ochocinco spoke to the media following the Patriots' 38-24 victory Sunday.

 

"All I know is the better team won today," a somber Ochocinco said when asked to assess his team's loss.

 

The Bengals fell behind by 24 points in the first half, proving to be too much for the team to come back from despite a standout performance from Ochocinco. The star wide receiver had 12 catches for 159 yards and a touchdown.

 

FOXBORO -- Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss told the media on Sunday that if he had to wait until the offseason to be offered a contract extension, it would be a "slap in the face."